Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences
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Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences opens its doors
After two years building a school, staff and curriculum, the newest addition to Mary Baldwin College is finally open.

Murphy Deming students arrive for classes
Mary Baldwin College’s Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences is no longer a dream, or merely bricks and mortar.

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The southern end of “Lifecore Trail” is adjacent to Mary Baldwin College’s new Murphy Deming College Health Sciences.

August 2014

Welcome to Class

State-of-the-art facility opens, classes begin

Welcome to class

Just two-and-a-half years after announcing that it would pursue graduate programs in health sciences, Mary Baldwin College on June 16 welcomed its charter class of occupational therapy and physical therapy students to the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences at a brand-new satellite campus in Fishersville.

All 70 students started the day having breakfast with MBC President Pamela Fox and other MBC administrators inside the building’s spacious atrium. Throughout the daylong orientation, students also heard from Vice President for Health Sciences Linda Seestedt-Stanford, met with faculty and staff, and learned the basic information they’ll need as classes begin. The day ended with tours and a reception at the main MBC campus in Staunton.

Fox talked with students about the history of the college, its degree pathways and special programs, and the lasting legacy of the institution — devotion to each student, across all programs. “You can help us forge the next chapter for Mary Baldwin College,” she said.

“We always pride ourselves on maintaining the cutting edge of what our programs, our students, and our society needs,” Fox said. “You coming here to begin your classes this week is just one very important manifestation — yet again — over the 172-year history of the institution.”

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MDCHS opening in pictures

MDCHS Opening in Pictures

From a Sunday cookout with students and their families to Monday orientation, photographer Woods Pierce captured the hustle and bustle of the opening days at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences.

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All programs have initiated the appropriate professional accreditation process.

Our application to offer doctoral level programs has been approved by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).


Effective November 6, 2013, Mary Baldwin College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.


Mary Baldwin College has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Mary Baldwin College/Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences anticipates matriculating its first class in August 2015, pending Accreditation – Provisional in March 2015. Accreditation – Provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its initial accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.

In the event the Physician Assistant Program is not granted Accreditation, all application fees, tuition or other fees paid to Mary Baldwin College/Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences will be refunded in full, and the Program will not commence. Provided Accreditation-Provisional is granted, Mary Baldwin College/Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies Program anticipates accepting a class size not to exceed 45 students.


The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA and its Web address is Once accreditation of the program has been obtained, its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, most states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.